NIC Students Code of Conduct (COC)
Discipline techniques have evolved significantly as more research arises on the understanding of the psychological development of children. Positive Discipline is currently the most overarching philosophy in the field of child discipline, focusing on helping children develop a conscience that is guided by their own internal discipline as well as compassion for others. Even though positive discipline is rooted in a secure and trusted attachment between children and their caregivers (parent(s)/guardian(s)), school environments can significantly enhance the development of children’s self-discipline and self-control.
One part of the positive discipline approach is to allow children to experience the consequence of their behaviors and not just be punished for it. The difference in this regard, helps the child develop their own intrinsic motivation not to carry out the “incorrect” behavior and have their own self-discipline. When students know that they will be punished for a behavior, they develop the unconscious understanding that if the punishment (or the person performing the punishment) is no longer present, the behavior can be done. On the other hand, learning that “incorrect” behaviors lead to logical consequences, children understand that it is a series of events that will occur indefinitely and not just a decision taken by an authority figure.
Today, it is easier for us to enforce punishments on our children; however, our objective is not to see the disciplined child of today, our objective is to raise the risk-takers, principled leaders of the 2020 decade; young adults who have developed an internal self-discipline system, a strong conscience, that guides their actions to what is right even if when they themselves are the highest authorities present!
- To provide clear and explicit expectations and guidelines governing student behavior, activities, and discipline.
- To provide a framework for building a safe and effective academic community.
- To specify guidelines for teaching and encouraging behaviors necessary to maintain a safe and healthy environment for all students to develop in.
- To describe explicit methods of corrective instruction and consequences for behavioral infractions.
Components of the COC:
1) Behavioral Expectations
2) Preventive Strategies
3) Levels of Offenses (breaching or not abiding by school rules or agreements)
4) Behavior correction:
a. Reflective strategies to address the student’s understanding of the offense.
b. Educate the student with positive life concepts and school’s expectations.
c. Logical Consequence to hold the student responsible for his action. Consequence should always be respectful, reasonable, related and revealed in advance.
d. Referral to school counselor (without the student)
e. Positively refer student to school counselor.
f. Teacher meets parents (meeting should be planned ahead and approved by school counselor).
g. School counselor, teacher and parents conference (meeting should not be for longer than 45 min.)
h. Referral for psychological assessment.
i. In school detention
j. Out of school suspension
Definition of Terms:
Disruptive Behavior: Intentional acts, behaviors, or conduct in the classroom, in the school, upon school grounds, to or from school or while engaged in school-related activities that cause minor disruptions to the educational process. This may include physical contact, such as hitting, that does not rise to the level of fighting.
Insubordination: Refusing to comply with a reasonable request from school personnel or disobeying any general rule of the school, including not following directions of teachers, school administrators, or other staff members (e.g., refusing to leave an area or stop engaging in aggressive/ disruptive behavior).
Profanity: Swearing and/or cursing in school buildings, on school buses/vehicles or on school grounds is prohibited.
Fighting: A physical altercation between two or more students, in which a student’s actions do not represent reasonable self-defense, is considered to be fighting. This also includes the mutual participation in an incident involving physical violence.
Inappropriate Bus Behavior: Any behavior or action that distracts a bus driver, causes a dangerous situation or disturbs the orderly operation of a bus is considered inappropriate bus behavior. Being out of seat, spitting, throwing of any objects, extending any body parts through a school bus/vehicle window, or using the emergency exit when there is no emer¬gency are prohibited. Parents or any unauthorized individual are prohibited from boarding or impeding the orderly boarding or departing of students on school buses. Should there be a situation or problem relating to the school bus, the parent(s) must contact the school administration to resolve any concerns.
Inappropriate Internet Usage: Using the Internet to surf inappropriate content, or as a method of bullying, theft, or forgery.
Inappropriate physical contact: Fondling, touching, or kissing in school facilities, on school grounds, at school-related activities, or while on buses transporting students to and from school-related events is prohibited.
Inciting to fight: The intentional incitement to engage another student in physical conflict and/or con¬tinuous harassment, or the promotion of misconduct for any purpose
Assault: A physical attack that results in serious bodily injury and the actions do not represent reasonable self-defense
Bullying /cyber-bullying students:
Bullying and intimidation are intentional written, verbal or physical acts that a student has exhibited toward another particular student more than once. The behavior causes either psychological or physical harm to the other student and is sufficiently severe, per¬sistent or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening or abusive educational environment for the other student. This behavior is prohibited on school property or at a school-sponsored activity.
Prohibited activities of any type, including those activities engaged in via computer and/or electronic communications devices, are inconsistent with the educational process and are prohibited at all times. No administrator, teacher or other employee shall encourage, permit, condone or tolerate any bullying activities.
Extortion: Solicitation of money, or anything of value from another person in return for protec¬tion or in connection with a threat to inflict harm.
Harassment/ Intimidation: Repeatedly annoying or attacking another using physical, verbal, written, or electron¬ic action that creates fear of harm, an intimidating or hostile environment, without displaying a weapon and without subjecting the victim to actual physical attack
Vandalism: Destruction/damage/attempts and threats to destroy/damage/deface school, private, personal, or public property. This includes, but is not limited to, setting fires, attempt¬ing to destroy/damage/deface a school or staff property or property used by the school including, but not limited to, breaking windows, graffiti, destroying restroom fixtures, using paints or any other materials to deface school property (e.g., furnish¬ings and equipment housed within or upon the school property). Students must make restitution for damage to school property.
Sexual misconduct: Engagement of any sexual acts including, but not limited to, vulgar/obscene words or gestures, indecent exposure, possession of profane/vulgar/ obscene material, posses¬sion/distribution of derogatory/offensive poster(s), cards, pictures, cartoons, graffiti, or drawings on school property/buses or at school-sponsored activities.